Recognizing contributions to experience is another aspect of the distributed on-demand approach to product and experience development.
From inception, the mission of Mediachain Labs has been to build a more connected world for creators. Inspired by the disruptive technology behind Bitcoin, we set out to explore how the next generation of blockchains and open, peer-to-peer protocols would empower creators to better reach their audiences and earn a living. Today we are excited to announce that Mediachain Labs, the core team behind the open source Mediachain protocol, has been acquired by Spotify to further the streaming leader’s journey tow
Source: The next chapter for Mediachain Labs – Mediachain Blog
Didi Chuxing is poised to raise $5bn-$6bn from investors, according to two people close to the funding deal, an infusion of cash that China’s ride-hailing group will use to expand its transportation services beyond the country’s borders. The investment will value the company at $50bn, including the new funds raised, which makes Didi the world’s second most valuable private tech start-up after Uber.
Source: Didi seeks up to $6bn to expand beyond China’s borders
Consolidation, based on strong sources of driver supply and solid logistical systems, signals the beginning of the end of the first rev of the local on-demand economy.
Gett has announced that it has acquired Juno, a rival in the New York market. Separately, Gett’s CEO and founder Dave Waiser has told TechCrunch in an interview that the price of the deal was $200 million, although the companies are not disclosing other terms such as whether the deal was in cash, shares or a combination of the two.
Source: On-demand ride service Gett confirms acquisition of Juno for $200M | TechCrunch
Then new ratings display is part of Uber’s ongoing effort to become more driver-friendly. The idea is to make riders more cognizant of how they behave while in the back seat. If a rider sees he’s got a 2.8 out of five stars, then maybe he’ll think about not using his hands as blunt drum sticks whenever he gets inside an Uber, or do any other thing that may be troublesome for Uber drivers.
Source: Your Uber rating will now be easy to find
Solving all our problems, helicopters on demand….
Delta is partnering with Blade, a company billed as the “Uber for helicopters,” to give passengers of the elite on-demand transportation service a better way to travel to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to Business Insider. Blade, which has three lounges in Manhattan, ferries passengers between its designated locations and JFK in around 10 minutes. The service starts at $195 and goes up in price depending on the destination and how far in advance users book a seat on one of its helicopter. Delta will now charge $250 on top of Blade’s fee to make the process faster and more efficient.
Source: Delta partners with on-demand helicopter startup so VIPs can avoid the airport – The Verge
Salesforce has inked a new partnership with workspace-sharing company WeWork in an effort to expose more small businesses to its CRM software portfolio. The partnership builds off of WeWork’s just-launched Services Store, which aims to serve as a sort of sales conduit for SMBs, where they can source software needed to build, manage and grow their business.
Source: Domain names 101 – CNET
Page was aware that Levandowski had supposedly taken 14,000 files from Google after he left, Uber lawyer Arturo Gonzalez alleged in court on Tuesday. Yet, Uber argues, Page never brought it up in conversations with Levandowski or when he met with Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick in October.
Source: Uber wants to depose Larry Page over Anthony Levandowski – Business Insider
Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun off from Google late last year, announced today that it’s offering its services to members of the public for the first time. Waymo is calling it an “early rider program,” intent on cataloguing how on-demand, driverless cars will factor into people’s everyday lives. Interested participants can sign up on the company’s website, and Waymo will select riders depending on the the types of trips they want to take and their willingness to use the self-driving service as their primary mode of transportation.
Source: Waymo’s self-driving minivans are now offering rides to real people in Arizona – The Verge
Typical Instacart Express members use the service 4-5 times per month and spend $450 per month on groceries and deliveries through the platform, the company claims. The geographic push and Instacart Express trials will require the company to hire at least 1,000 more shoppers to fulfill orders in the new markets, Shmukler said.
Source: Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion | TechCrunch
A former Lyft driver has filed a lawsuit against Uber over allegations of its secret “Hell” program used to stalk the competition. Uber’s program, revealed in a report from The Information, tracked Lyft drivers through fake passenger accounts, learning when and where they were working.
Source: Former Lyft driver sues Uber over ‘Hell’ tracking program – CNET